Notes from the Tenement

The Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. Follow our blog for stories past and present, behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, and more!

Browse the latest articles from the Tenement Museum.

Blog Archive | Apr 10, 2014

More Harm Than Good

Spring is finally upon us! Soon New York will be blessed with warm evenings and blooming...

Blog Archive | Apr 8, 2014

Kick Up Your Heels!

Many of my favorite nights out on the town have occurred on the Lower East Side; from...

Blog Archive | Apr 7, 2014

Emma Goldman’s Legacy: An Interview with Activist Cynthia Cooper

"Hers was the sensibility not of the intellectual but of the artist; and she performed...

Blog Archive | Apr 3, 2014

History at Home

A few months ago, quite out of the blue, my friend Nathalie emailed me with a rather...

Blog Archive | Apr 1, 2014

One Powerful Handshake

Over the past 100 years, anarchist, writer, orator, and women’s rights activist Emma...


Meet some of the people whose stories are told through the Tenement Museum. A visually compelling experience, the book is culmination of over 30 years of dedicated stewardship of 2 Tenement buildings on Orchard Street through vivid photographs of the last two centuries.

Your Story, Our Story features objects that tell personal stories of American immigration and migration. The Tenement Museum invites people across the country to share these mementos and stories in our online digital storytelling exhibit.